The stern block for the second Icon is departing from Gdańsk to Finland [video] -
The stern block for the second Icon is departing from Gdańsk to Finland [video]
Date of publication: 09.02.2024

The stern block, divided into two parts with a total weight of 780 tons, has left the Gdańsk shipyard Marine Projects Ltd. aboard the Meri vessel and will soon set off to the client, Finnish shipyard Meyer Turku, where it will be integrated with the hull of the Star of the Seas - the second Icon-class cruiser ordered by Royal Caribbean.

Currently, the ship is in the Kashubian Canal and is awaiting better weather to sail to Finland.

The sections were being constructed in Gdańsk for the past 30 weeks. The block is already painted and will be delivered to the customer with a high degree of equipment. As assured by Przemek Kaszubowski, Commercial and Project Management Director at Marine Projects, this is another successful collaboration with Meyer Turku.

— We have been cooperating for several years now, and with the Meyer group for over 20 years — he emphasizes.

Royal Caribbean International has commissioned the Meyer Turku shipyard to build three gigantic cruise ships of the new Icon class with a tonnage of 250,800 GT and a length of 365 meters. This makes them larger than the previous record holders - ships of the Oasis class. With decks designed to accommodate up to 5,600 passengers, these cruisers guarantee spaciousness and comfort on an unprecedented scale. In addition to their impressive size, the Icons stand out for their modern technological solutions. They are powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), which fits into the mission of decarbonizing shipping.

The first unit, Icon of the Seas, was delivered to the customer in November of last year. Currently, the construction of Star of the Seas, the second unit in the series with hull number 1401, is underway, and according to plans, it will be delivered to the operator in 2025. The last, third cruise ship of the Icon class, whose name is not yet known, is expected to be delivered to Royal Caribbean in 2026. The steel cutting ceremony for its construction took place on January 12th of this year.

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